Mentally Ill in the Juvenile Justice System: The Sequential Intercept Model Approach

2 Int'l J. Ther. Juris. 61 (2017)

27 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2016 Last revised: 5 Jul 2017

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Melissa Cintrón Hernández

Administration for Children's Services; University of Puerto Rico School of Law

Abstract

The alarming rate of youths with mental illnesses in the United States juvenile justice system has prompted recommendations and calls for reform for years. To apply these recommendations, Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) and the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) are handy mechanisms for identifying intercept points where it’s possible to deviate from standard juvenile legal processes and reach a therapeutic alternative for young offenders who suffer from mental disorders. This work also identifies provisions that may represent SIM intercept points within the Puerto Rico law establishing the juvenile justice system (Ley de Menores), meanwhile evaluating whether they are in accordance with TJ principles.

Keywords: juvenile law, mental health, Sequential Intercept Model, Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Suggested Citation

Cintrón Hernández, Melissa, Mentally Ill in the Juvenile Justice System: The Sequential Intercept Model Approach. 2 Int'l J. Ther. Juris. 61 (2017), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2724325 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2724325

Melissa Cintrón Hernández (Contact Author)

Administration for Children's Services ( email )

New York, NY 10301
United States

University of Puerto Rico School of Law ( email )

San Juan
Puerto Rico

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